These Three (1936)
This chapter offers an account of Wyler's first film for Samuel Goldwyn, an adaptation of Lillian Hellman's hit play The Children's Hour — now renamed These Three. Changes in title and content were mandated by Joseph Breen because of the controversial nature of the play's subject matter, which touched on a lesbian relationship; the film eliminated that relationship and instead focused on a ménage à trois. The chapter also pays considerable attention to playwright Hellman's numerous script revisions in her attempt to refashion and refocus her play. There is also a visual analysis of key scenes, as well as a discussion of Wyler's first collaboration with cinematographer Gregg Toland.
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